Manny Pereira - March 29, 2020

The Suffering Servant

Seeing, Not Perceiving

A keynote has been struck in Matthew’s biography of Jesus. When appearances suggest that His mission is heading towards failure, Jesus says, “Blessed is the one who is not offended by Me” (11:6). Yet, not long after this beatitude the religious leaders of Israel sound His death knell because they take offense at Him. This comes after He denounces the self-blinding pride of the most privileged cities under His ministry. Even then, He extends grace to the humble. But conflict is culminating. Jesus appeals and invites, graciously offering to all who sense their condition under sin and its curse to come to Him for rest. He offers Himself as their true Sabbath. The point is driven home when in two episodes, in both words and works, Jesus reveals Himself as the Lord of the Sabbath. Fury marks the response of the Pharisees as they conspire to destroy Him. A keynote has been struck. Matthew now showcases Christ’s response. Beneath His unexpected and counterintuitive move is a profound revelation. The point? Jesus is the divine Suffering Servant who will be the hope of the nations.

Scripture References: Matthew 12:15-21

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